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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / The Ogee ornament on: December 18, 2009 09:13:42 PM


The idea for this was taken from http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/12/felt-ogee-ornament-tutorial.html. She did her's with felt. Well felt is not my medium of choice, but I loved the look and did mine with green plastic from a Mountain dew 2 litter bottle. You can get 2 six inch squares from 1 bottle. I did cut/melt mine with a soldering iron but a pair of scissors and small hole punch would work. I used brads to attach it, though next time I might use something different, not sure if I like the fact that I can see the prongs. Might use some brass beads.

My other regret is that it did not fit in my light box, the picture does not show it in the best light.




2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 43 ENTRIES / Ray Gun on: October 01, 2009 10:20:31 PM






The barrel of the gun was made from woven straws.   An led tea light is used for the ray gun works.   The light is breath activated. So there is a straw in the front to blow the gun on and off.   The rest of the parts come from recycled soda plastic that was colored with sharpies.   Bits of copper wire, some glue and fishing line where used to connect everything together. 

I made some goggles and necklace to match, but they have no straw parts to them. 

The purple one below was a proto type.



3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / D9Z Steampunk style finger gun on: September 20, 2009 11:46:04 AM
If I stuck this in the wrong place, just let me know and I will move it : )




This little finger gun is called the D9Z Discretion 9 Zillion.  Currently sporting a size 10 us ring.  I have chunky fingers.

The gun is made from recycled plastic.  The gun body is made from an extract bottle that was modified with the use of a heat gun and a hot knife.  The barrels are 4 green straws. The gun body and barrel received an under coat of brass and then an over coat of browns and greens to give it an aged look.  The barrels are bound with a ring of green plastic.  The top of the gun has a large green, black and brown bead attached to the gun body with a green plastic stick. 

This is meant for adults.  Children should not have ray guns of any kind,  they might shoot their eye out.   Grin
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Soda Bottle Coin Pouch and more on: September 13, 2009 02:16:56 PM
Soda Bottle Coin Pouch and more



This is a tut to make a coin purse out of soda bottles plus a few extra ideas.  Last year I saw the below picture on Treehugger and wanted one for my own.  




Supplies:


1.small scissors like using cuticle scissors for this
2.2 bottles Does not need to be the same brand,  but I do recommend sticking with 2 of the same rough size.
3.A strip of lined paper
4.some tape
5.sharpie marker
6.something to clean the bottles with I like using wipes
7.some thread
8.needle
9.zipper I tend to go with a zipper that is just shorter than the full width of the circumference
10.push pins other options are available, will go over that in a moment
11.Hole poking board like a stack of cardboard or some hard foam.  I like using the hard foam arm rest from my keyboard
12.may need a small piece of fabric or ribbon to extend the zipper so it goes all the way around

Instructions:

1.take a sharpie and mark just above where you want the final cut to be.


2.Make your first cut just above this line, it OK if it is a bit rough.

3.Make a second cut just below the line.

5.Now take the push pin and poke holes evenly around the top.  I space these about inch to inch down and about inch apart.  You can use other things to punch the holes, like a small hole punch.

6.Sew/lace the zipper on. I tend to prefer to add a bit of fabric to lengthen the zipper than to reduce the zipper size.

The basic concept can be used for other things.  Like my sharpie box and the little vase.  Many things can be done to give these a more spiffy look.  Like using a fancy stitch, like a leaf stitch.  Or adding a bit of fabric to back edge of the zipper to give it a more finished edge.  Every brand styles there bottles differently so really the sky is the limit.  

This is my first tut, so if anything is unclear, just let me know.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / He who steals my purse steals trash(bags) on: September 01, 2009 10:44:06 PM
Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Othello Act 3, scene 3, 155161

Sorry to the Shakespeare fans out there for taking that quote completely out of context.  

I have been wanting to make a hobo style purse for awhile,  but my sewing skills are not so hot.  At the dollar store I saw the trash bags, thought of all the fused grocery bag stuff out there.  Then it hit me I do not have to sew,  I can fuse those seams.  

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources that are too numerous to list. Though I do consider this original, it may not be unique.  

Basically I made a large purse and accessories.  The accessories include,  a tampon holder,  a wrist purse(my wallet), a coin purse, and a Kleenex holder.

Supplies used
1. 4 different colors of trash bags - blue, white, pink and black
2.  soda bottle plastic

Bigger photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sirmamabear/sets/72157622088418545/



One bit of warning to anyone that wants to duplicate this project,  be careful what kind of bags you buy,  I got the scented kind.  My craft room smelled like an cheap perfume factory exploded.  Also I recommend getting a mini iron.  I did do all of this with a full size iron, and I have a few war wounds to show for it.  
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